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As the seasons change and the world comes back to life, it’s time to refresh our homes as well. You might be tempted to skip your spring cleaning this year, but decluttering your home can help you declutter your mind. If you’re planning on selling your home soon, an added benefit is that your house will be ready for a showing. Just make sure you clean up after your pets and remove them from the home as well. A good spring cleaning will not only improve your home, but it will leave you feeling mentally and physically ready to tackle the rest of the year. Here are some tips to help get you started, presented by Decluttered Life.
A proper spring cleaning requires a deep clean. You can’t have a deep cleaning by just dusting surfaces and cleaning the floors. The term “deep cleaning” here means getting into every nook and cranny of your house. It can be a grueling process to do this once or twice a year.
A 4-hr decluttering project of two different rooms. The second half of the video is organizing all the donations. Enjoy!
Why the hedgehog picture? Because, why not? They're just so cute!
During my time as a professional organizer, I’ve heard people say they don’t want to spend the time or money decluttering their space. This is a valid argument: some people believe they can’t afford a professional organizer, and others have busy lives and seemingly can’t take the time to organize on their own. However, this begs the question: What does it cost you to NOT hire a professional organizer?
Let’s start by looking at the obvious:
I would never claim to be a therapist (because I’m not), so this blog post has nothing to do with me practicing therapy or even claiming that hiring a professional organizer is a substitute for therapy from an actual licensed therapist. IT IS NOT. I would encourage anyone who’s already in therapy or wants to start therapy for having extreme clutter and disorganization, to please do so. 100%!
With that being said, as an organizer, I’ve come to appreciate what it really takes for some to get organized and remain organized.
There are many reasons people hold onto things. Attaching emotion to random items in our homes is one of the biggest reasons. In reality, no matter what the item is, it has an emotion attached to it. I’m not talking about a piece of junk mail or a broken pen (although some people are attached to those as well). I’m talking about items that we’ve kept for years because we just can’t let go of the memories they hold.
A couple reached out to me to declutter & organize their entire home. They’d been dealing with health issues for years, had neglected their home, & felt like they could never catch up. After meeting with them, I came up with a plan, created a "to do list", & got started. After several weeks, we checked off everything on that list. During a few of those weeks, they dealt with the flu & pneumonia but after feeling better, they picked up right where we had left off. They were determined to complete this project to make their cluttered house a comfortable home.
TIPS FROM PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZERS FOR DAILY ROUTINES
I'm always happy to collaborate with fellow professional organizers to help clients have less clutter and more joy in their lives. Click on the picture below to read my input on Organized 31's article:
In most homes, there’s one area where the whole family likes to gather, the one area where your guests want to hang out during a party, and the one area where there’s life, food, and happiness. For most of us, that place is our kitchen. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. If this describes your family kitchen, then it’s the heart of your house. Unfortunately for most, this is probably the one area of the home that is the most cluttered, disorganized, and neglected.
I’m a professional organizer in Katy, TX. I’ve decluttered spaces for as long as I can remember. It comes naturally to me just like drawing, baking, or carpentry comes naturally to someone else. We’re all good at something, right?
I’ve never done a blog before so hopefully I won’t bore you and you’ll use this information to start your journey to getting organized.
It is a known fact that if we’re not organized, we’re more stressed, we waste time looking for stuff, and then we feel frustrated. Maybe you’re looking for your keys, scissors, last month’s electric bill, or maybe you’re just tired of not being able to park your car in your garage during winter. Whatever it may be, that few minutes of stress can lead to anger, feelings of hopelessness, making you late for work or school, and eventually it could lead to health problems. Don’t we need to avoid stress in our lives? Yes, we do!